Alexander Bukharov

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MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Striker “Rostov”, Alexander Bukharov said that the call to the Russian national team for friendly matches against côte d’ivoire and Belgium were unexpected for him. The words of the player leads a press-service “Rostov”.

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Monday was declared the list of players summoned for friendlies. Only the composition of the team includes 27 players. The match against côte d’ivoire on March 24 in Krasnodar at the home stadium of the football club, with the Belgians, the Russian team will play March 28 in Sochi.

“The call-up was unexpected for me. Thanks to the teammates and our game, the head coach of the national team of Russia drew attention to me. I will try to justify trust of the trainer and use the chance”, – said Bukharov.

32-year-old Kerzhakov has spent this season 19 games in which he scored four goals and made five assists. In the last Europa League match March 9 against English “Manchester United” Bukharov scored the goal that allowed “Rostov” to equalize (1:1).